Buchanan D R, Little D: Neuro-linguistic programming and psychodrama: Theoretical and clinical similarities.
Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry 36(3): 114-122, 1983.
Abstract: Describes assumptions of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) that are compatible with psychodramatic theory. For both psychodrama and NLP, humans are creators of their own worlds. NLP and psychodrama also share a therapeutic context in which the client has control of the therapeutic system when the therapist's behavior is confined to a specific set of techniques (law of requisite variety). The group director in both approaches must be the most spontaneous group member to avoid being controlled by clients. NLP therapists, like psychodramatists, employ the use of metaphors and symbolic stories that approximate the client's situation in the understanding that the unconscious mind is often more aware of the client's problems than the conscious mind. For both NLP programmers and psychodramatists, resistance is a limiting concept: The importance of the therapist's going with, instead of against, the resistance is stressed. Therapeutic techniques involving doubling, role reversal, and future projection that are advocated by both NLP and psychodrama are discussed, and illustrative case examples are presented. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).